Feb. 23, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 24 Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team returns to action in Minneapolis, Minn. for the 2005 Big Ten Championships, Feb. 24-26. The championships, which run Thursday-Saturday, will take place at the University of Minnesota in the University Aquatics Center. The Buckeyes enter the conference meet with a 10-1 dual meet record overall and are 3-1against the Big Ten.

Big Ten Top 10 Buckeyes
Two Buckeyes have recorded times that place them within the Big Ten Top 10 lists, heading into the conference championships. Marty Tomes broke onto the Big Ten’s list in the 200-yard butterfly for his 1:50.12 time against Michigan. Rob Kauscher ranks seventh and sixth, respectively, in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. Kauscher’s best time of the year is 56.03 in the 100-yard breaststroke, recorded in an upset of Indiana. His season best time of 2:01.88 in the 200-yard breaststroke was against Michigan.

Kauscher Ranked in Top 50
Rob Kauscher has been ranked in the Top 50 fastest times in the country in both breaststroke events, as compiled by His time of 56.03 in the 100-yard breaststroke event places Kauscher 49th in the country. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Kauscher is ranked 41st with his time of 2:01.88. Both times are season-best times for the Buckeyes.

Tommy Seay takes nine 100’s
Tommy Seay has been exceptional in the 100-yard freestyle event this season. Seay is 9-1 in the 100-yard freestyle, with his only loss coming to Olympic gold medalist Peter Vanderkaay (Michigan) on Jan. 29. Seay won the event for the ninth time in a row at the Michigan State meet Friday, Jan. 28. Seay currently holds the Ohio State season-best in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.16, which he recorded on Jan. 8 when the Buckeyes upset Indiana.

Defending His Title
Mitch Richeson returns to the conference championships as the reigning Big Ten Diver of the Year. Last season, he won the Big Ten title on the 3-meter and placed second on the 1-meter. Diving head coach Vince Panzano was the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year. This season the Buckeyes have won both the 1-meter and the 3-meter events at six dual meets of the eight dual meets they competed in. Of those six, four of the double-event wins came from Richeson. Richeson also won all six of the 1-meter events for the Buckeyes.

2005 Championship Information
The conference championships, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., will take place during a three-day period and consist of 21 events. Beginning on Thursday, the competition will open at 1 p.m. with preliminaries for three swimming events. The event finals will be at 8 p.m. and include team relay competitions. The following two days will follow the same schedule, with the final event being the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Event finals will consist of an `A’ final, containing the Top 8 swimmers from preliminary competition, and a `B’ final, containing the ninth through 16th-placed swimmers. Relays will be raced in the evening session and will not have any preliminary competition as each school can submit one relay team to compete.

Divers will have preliminary diving at 2:30 p.m. all three days, from which the Top 8 divers will advance to the finals the same evening. The 1-meter will be competed on Thursday, the 3-meter will be on Friday and the platform event will conclude the meet on Saturday.

Live Scoring
A complete listing of qualifiers, scoring and results will be available on the men’s swimming and diving page under the schedules/results link at

On the Small Screen
The 2005 Big Ten Championship will be televised by CSTV on a tape delay basis five times from March 1-4. The first airing will be March 1 at 9:30 p.m. Visit for dates and times.

2004 Big Ten Review
Last season, the Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team concluded the 2004 Big Ten Championships in eighth place. Diver Mitch Richeson won the Big Ten title in the 3-meter, and for his efforts overall he was named Big Ten Diver of the Year. Richeson’s 653.75 points broke the Big Ten championship record that was set in 1996. Ohio State accumulated 250 points while Minnesota won with 712.50 points. The Buckeyes recorded 42 lifetime-best times throughout the meet. Rob Kauscher was the highest-place finisher for the Buckeye swimmers, taking eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Buckeyes Defeat Nittany Lions
The No. 23 Buckeyes defeated Penn State Feb. 6, 128-112, during their last dual meet of the season. The Buckeyes swept the Top 3 spots in the 100-yard butterfly with Gary Grant swimming to a 50.14 finish. Mitch Richeson claimed both boards for the Buckeyes, and in the 3-meter event he was followed by Kellen Harkness. The Buckeye relay teams hit the wall before the Nittany Lion relay teams in both the 400-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Rob Kauscher continued his dominance in the breaststroke events with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 56.56.

Ohio State Says Good-Bye to Pool
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team said good-bye to an era Jan. 29 when it competed against Michigan in the last collegiate swim meet in the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Many gathered to cheer on the Buckeyes and say good-bye to a pool that has been a part of the swimming and diving program since 1932. Although the Buckeyes lost to Michigan, 125-118, the team set eight season-best times during the meet. Rob Kauscher and Matt Voelker claimed wins and season-best times in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. The Ohio State 400-yard freestyle relay team went 1-2-3, with all three teams touching the wall three seconds before the Michigan team. For the divers, Mitch Richeson claimed both springboard events for the Buckeyes.

Ohio State Powers Past MSU
The Buckeyes defeated Michigan State Jan. 28, 127-102. Ohio State won nine individual events along with two diving wins. Tommy Seay was the only double-event winner of the meet, claiming the 200-yard individual medley and winning the 100-yard freestyle for the ninth consecutive time. Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle, reaching the wall in a season-best time of 9:34.92. Nate King clocked a season-best time also in the 500-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 4:36.88. The Buckeye divers went 1-2-3-4 on both the 1-meter and the 3-meter boards with Mitch Richeson placing first on the 1-meter and Marc Dreyer claiming the 3-meter.

Buckeyes Down Ohio
The No. 24 Buckeyes improved to 8-0 with a 163-111 win over Ohio University Jan. 15 in Athens. Ohio State swept every event, including in the diving well. Sophomore Nate King was a quadruple-event winner, winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Ohio State also had four double-event winners. Marty Tomes clocked in at 51.09 in the 100-yard butterfly and at 1:53.41 in the 200-yard butterfly. Rob Kauscher swept the breaststroke events with a time of 57.96 in the 100-yard and 2:06.94 in the 200-yard. Tommy Seay won his eighth-consecutive 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.08 along with reaching the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (21.09). In the diving well, senior Mitch Richeson claimed both the 1-meter and 3-meter with scores of 312.08 and 343.43, respectively.

Ohio State Doubles Its Pleasure
Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team took back-to-back wins when it defeated Wright State and Indiana Jan. 7 and 8. During the Wright State meet, Buckeye Senior Rob Kauscher set a lifetime-best time in the 200-breaststroke, clocking in at 2:02.62.

In the Big Ten season opener against Indiana every race came down to the touch. The Buckeyes out-touched the No. 13 Hoosiers enough to win 130-114. Tommy Seay reached the wall first for the seventh time this season in the 100-yard freestyle. Other event winners included Gary Grant in the 50-yard freestyle, Marty Tomes in the 100-yard butterfly and Kauscher for a win in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Buckeyes Dominate Denison
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team preserved its unbeaten streak defeating the Denison Big Red 150-96, Nov. 19. The men won every event of the meet. Tommy Seay won the 100-yard freestyle for the fifth time in as many meets in a time of 46.11. The team also had two multiple-event winners. Nick Keene won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle events, while Gary Grant won in the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle. Other winners of the meet included Nate King in the 400-yard individual medley, R.J. Lemyre won in the 200-yard backstroke, Marty Tomes won the 200-yard butterfly, Matt Jefferies won in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Joe Doyle won in the 200-yard freestyle.

Buckeyes Win Double-Dual
The team defeated Louisville and West Virginia to claim both ends of a double-dual meet Nov. 12 in Louisville, Ky. The Buckeyes defeated Louisville 178-63, and downed West Virginia 164.5-78.5.

Nate King was the only double-event winner in the pool, touching the wall first in the 200-yard backstroke and in the 500-yard freestyle, which were contested back-to-back. Seniors Tommy Seay and Rob Kauscher were the other individual winners, taking the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. The 400-yard freestyle relay team also posted the win.

Buckeye divers swept the Top 4 slots in the diving events with Mitch Richeson winning both events. Nick Hanneman, Kellen Harkness and Marc Dreyer placed second, third and fourth in the 1-meter, while in the 3-meter it was Harkness, Dreyer and then Hanneman behind Richeson.

Buckeyes Cruise Past Cincinnati
Ohio State defeated Cincinnati in its home opener Nov. 6 at the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center.

Tommy Seay claimed two events for the second time that week, taking the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard individual medley with times of 20.95 and 46.13, respectively. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke event for the second time in as many days, and also took the 100-yard breaststroke.

Gary Grant placed first in the 100-yard butterfly, Nate King took the 500-yard freestyle and Ryan Sciortino won the 1,000-yard freestyle. Daniel Novak won the 200-yard butterfly in an exciting race that came down to the very last stroke.

Buckeyes Defeat Miami
The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team kicked off the season with a 139-97 victory over Miami (Ohio) Nov. 5. The team won in 11 of the 13 events of the meet.

Tommy Seay claimed two events, winning the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley with times of 46.11 and 1:53.59, respectively. The team also swept the first three spots in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the first four spots in the 200-yard individual medley. Rob Kauscher placed first in the 200-yard breaststroke event in an exhibition timed race.

The underclassmen had a strong showing with wins in four events. Jason Adler won the 1,000-yard freestyle, Joe Doyle took the 200-yard freestyle, Gary Grant placed first in the 50-yard freestyle and Daniel Novak won the 200-yard backstroke.

The diving squad also made an impact, taking first and second in the 1-meter and the first three spots in the 3-meter event. Mitch Richeson won the 1-meter event with a score of 343.30. Kellen Harkness won the 3-meter event with a score of 333.30.

Alumni Meet
The annual alumni meet was held Oct. 23 for the last time in the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center. Former Ohio State swimmers and divers were invited to take a last dip in the pool before the team moves into the new Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Center. Former Olympians, NCAA champions and Ohio State record holders returned to tour the new pool and enjoy some races in the old one. Following the meet a silent auction was held to benefit the new Hall of Fame foyer.

Scarlet and Gray Meet
The Buckeyes competed in their annual Scarlet vs. Gray intrasquad meet Oct. 22. Nathan King was the only dual-winner of the night with wins in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley.

Coach Bill Wadley
Bill Wadley enters his 16th year as the men’s head swimming coach. He has compiled a record of 145-25 (.853) at the helm of the Buckeyes and a 169-35 (.828) overall career record. The 2004-05 season is Wadley’s eighth 10-win season at Ohio State and the ninth of his career. Wadley has coached 13 Olympians and his teams have been ranked in the NCAA Top 20 for 11 of the past 16 seasons. Producing more than 30 world ranked swimmers in his coaching career, 13 of his student-athletes have reached the Olympic level.

A seasoned coach, Wadley has represented the United States on numerous occasions. He has coached the 1986 Olympic Festival and the 1988 and 1992 Gold Medal teams comprised of top non-collegiate swimmers in preparation for the Olympics. In 1991, Wadley coached the U.S. team at the World University Games and in 1993 was coach of the U.S. National Team training camp.

Most recently, Wadley was the head men’s coach of the 1998 Goodwill Games team that broke seven Goodwill Games records.

About Coach Panzano
Vince Panzano is in his 27th year as coach of the Ohio State men’s and women’s diving teams. Panzano, who was named the 2004 Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year for the eighth time in his career, has produced one world champion, one junior world champion, two Olympic medalists, 22 U.S. Diving champions, 10 NCAA champions, 14 NCAA runners-up, 44 Big Ten champions and 66 NCAA All-Americans.

Up Next
Select Buckeye swimmers will travel to Bloomington, Ind. for the Indiana Last Ditch March 5 to attempt to improve or aquire NCAA qualifying times. The Buckeyes divers will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. March 11-13 for the NCAA Zone Qualifying Regionals.